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Information Processing Model


How does the information processing approach to explaining cognitive development differ from Jean Piaget's model?


It keeps Piaget's stages but speeds them up because it is felt that Piaget underestimated infants and children.


It sees cognitive development as a slow, continuous growth of different skills, such as attention and memory, rather than as a series of distinct stages.


It believes that infants are born with the same cognitive tools, such as memory or attention, they need and that "cognitive development" is really learning how to use them.


It focuses on the role the social context and "experts" play in coaching cognitive development.


It accuses Piaget of being too focused on male and Western modes of thinking and leaves more space for collectivist and social impulses.